Class of 1970

Class of 1970

Class Website Link Class Website

Share your class photos or messages using hashtag #USAFA 1970 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Class of 1970 - Key Data

  • Appointed:1035 on Monday, June 27, 1966
  • Graduated:745 on Wednesday, June 3, 1970
  • Commissions:
  • USAF-734
  • US Army-1
  • US Marine Corps-1
  • Posthumous-1
  • Foreign-1
  • Not commissioned-7
  • Graduation Speaker:
  • Melvin R. Laird, Secretary of Defense
  • Presented Commissions:
  • Melvin R. Laird, Secretary of Defense
  • Presented Diplomas:
  • Melvin R. Laird, Secretary of Defense
  • Cadet Wing Commanders:
  • John B. Gannon (Fall); Charles R. Reed (Spring)
  • Scholarships:
  • Rhodes Scholars: George R. Keys, Jr., Alfred M. Wurglitz, and Scott S.Barker; Woodrow Wilson Fellowship: Chuck Reed; Wolfe: Upson, Carl M.; East-West: Bradford, Victor P., Norton, Douglas R., Stephens, Dwain E.; Hertz: Bisbee, Charles R., III; Olmsted: Glass, Steven T., Jones, Rex W., Sorenson, Marius G.; NSF: McKenna, Gregory B., Quirk, Jeffrey A.
  • All-Americans (sports):
  • Dick Smithwick (Baseball); Michael Ryan (Cross Country, 3 time); Rick Taylor (Lacrosse); John Cusick (Pistol, 2 time); James Schwartz (Skiing, 2 time); Warren Flaherty (Swimming); Bob Nieman (Swimming, 3 time)
  • Class Officers:
  • President- Carl M. Upson; Scribe- Dick Rauschkolb

Class Motto: "Ense Petit Placidam" meaning "By Thy Sword We Seek Peace"

Contributions of Graduates:

Gary Baxter selected as one of the Outstanding young Men of America (1972).

Timothy Kinnan becomes the first recipient of the Risner Trophy as the Outstanding Graduate of the Air Force Tactical Fighter Weapons School (1978).

Mike Burkett elected to Idaho State Senate (1989).

Roger Radcliff and his wife, Suzanne are the recipients of the General Jerome F. O'Malley Award (1993).

Greg Popovich named Head Coach of the National Basketball Association's San Antonio Spurs (1997).  Leads team to NBA championships in 1999, 2003,2005,2007, and 2014.  Named NBA Coach of the Year in 2003, 2012, and 2014.

Bill Stealey founds game software company Interactive Magic (1995), becomes CEO of iEntertainment Network (2002).

Chuck Reed elected Mayor of San Jose, CA (2007).

Greg Popovich named USAFA Distinguished Graduate (2007).

John Martinson named USAFA Distinguished Graduate (2008).

Gregory Martin named USAFA Distinguished Graduate (2015).

John Ballard selected as winner in the career category by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards for his book "Decoding the Workplace: 50 Keys to Understanding People in Organizations" (2016).

Michael Lambert named USAFA Distinguished Graduate (2018).